The last couple of years has seen a rise in the popularity of gin, but it also appears that a much more dangerous trend has been emerging: crack cocaine.

It is worrying to see this trend as the misuse of this substance become much more prevalent in care cases - this will of course impact on the public purse, where drug testing in cases becomes necessary.

The more obvious and devastating effect that drug misuse has on families however is  where children have to be removed because of substance misuse;  a recurring theme in care proceedings.